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The Return of the Lonesome Buckwhips

The Return of the Lonesome Buckwhips


The Return of the
Lonesome Buckwhips
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19 January, 2007
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The Return of the Lonesome Buckwhips

Performing at Happy, Cnr Tory St & Vivian St
6pm, February 14 – 18
Tickets full $12, concession $10, Fringe Addict $8
To book, phone 04 801 5658 or email thelonesomebuckwhips@gmail.com

The Lonesome Buckwhips are back on land and back on tour as part of the 2007 Fringe Festival.

An ill-fated honeymoon aboard the Chevron oil tanker Condoleezza Rice resulted in newlyweds Arty and Miri Buckwhip taking an unintentional dip in the Gulf of Mexico.

“If Greenpeace hadn’t mistaken us for penguins we’d still be up to the eyeballs in petrol,” says Miri. “Instead we’ve come home to find ourselves up to the eyeballs in repayments.”

The holiday was purchased on HP and the Buckwhips are hitting the road to service their debt to Miss Lucy at the Holiday Shoppe. The family line-up is notable for the return of lead guitarist Benny Buckwhip, who had retired from country music to indulge his passion for beans. His gardening prowess has resulted in a bumper harvest and the amateur parking warden has agreed to tour on the proviso that he can set up a stall selling his beans, seeds and jam during the show. “Seeds are the new vodka,” says Benny, a reformed alcoholic.

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The concerts will be notable for the absence of longstanding brother and pianist Gary Buckwhip, who is serving a three-year jail sentence for voting twice in the 2005 general election. “He did the crime and it’s important that he does the time,” says Arty, a veteran of 102 prior convictions. “Prison is wonderful for increasing your alphabet of coping strategies. I used to only have A for assault, now I have C for calm breathing.”

Gary is less philosophical about his omission from the band. “I’m gonna go Graeme Burton on them,” he warned from his cell at Rimutaka. “Even if they shoot me in the leg it won’t wound me as much as their decision to drop me.” Gary is up for parole just prior to the Buckwhips’ tour, which commences with a five-night season at Happy Bar, on the corner of Vivian and Tory Streets from the 14th February.

“Valentine’s day,” whispers Arty, as he plants a tender kiss on the blushing cheek of his new bride.

ENDS

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